Application Integration

iWay Service Manager serves as the foundation for comprehensive business process automation initiatives.

A Foundation for Enterprise Integration

iWay Service Manager is a unique and powerful enterprise service bus (ESB) that enables organizations to create, compose, and manage services – whether invoked as web services or through other interfaces. It also provides event-driven integration and B2B interaction management and, unlike other ESBs, it interoperates with proprietary technologies as well as industry standards.

iWay Service Manager includes:

By helping organizations reuse existing application and infrastructure investments to create powerful and reusable web services, iWay Service Manager lays the foundation for real-time integration, web-oriented architecture, and event-driven architecture. iWay Service Manager also delivers rapid throughput and latency, making it a prime component of high-performance networks and business processing solutions. Specifically, iWay Service Manager:

  • Optimizes the use of an organization's most skilled and expensive IT resources by reducing and encapsulating IT complexity
  • Eliminates most custom integration code
  • Simplifies the skill sets needed for design, deployment, and maintenance of services

iWay Service Manager also serves as the foundation for comprehensive business process automation initiatives. It facilitates the transformation of any existing application, legacy database, or transaction into fully reusable services that aid in rapid, efficient process composition. With iWay Service Manager, companies can enhance vital operations, increase staff productivity, and reduce expenses by automating key processes and workflows across the business.

This mitigates project and maintenance risk, speeds project implementations, and reduces project cost as well as the ongoing cost and risk of maintenance.

Ultimately, organizations benefit through faster delivery of cost savings and new revenue generation, easier business process changes, better management visibility into IT projects, and lower TCO for integration projects.

Significant Characteristics of iWay Service Manager

Drastically reduces the TCO of integration. For a fraction of the cost of traditional EAI tools, iWay Service Manager provides greater interoperability and superior ease of use. This allows organizations to use personnel with lower-cost, easily available skill sets during development and maintenance. Consultants and corporate developers alike benefit from iWay Service Manager's ability to create powerful, reusable services from disparate technologies – without writing custom integration code.

Provides the industry’s most complete support for service-enabling disparate enterprise technologies. iWay meets current RFC requirements for XML protocols and security controls, and includes new, fully-compliant XPATH capabilities. It also provides support for HTTP 1.1, including support for REST messages, which facilitates easy integration into web-oriented architectures. Additionally, since most systems in use today were built using standards, practices, and technologies that have been superseded, iWay can easily service-enable non-standard, mission-critical systems for incorporation into standards-based SOAs.

Doesn’t require proprietary messaging or platform technology. Mature IT shops frequently have at least one messaging technology in place, each using a proprietary interface or a slightly different interpretation of the JMS standard. Instead of requiring a rip-and-replace of these messaging systems, iWay Service Manager runs on top of WebSphere MQ, TIBCO Rendezvous, a variety of JMS implementations, and 26 other commonly used protocols. It is also certified for SOAP integration with IBM WebSphere Process Server, WebSphere ESB, and WebSphere Message Broker. In fact, many iWay customers use this messaging interoperability to unify multiple integration environments. Similarly, iWay Service Manager is optimized for Java 1.6, and can be deployed to a standalone Java Virtual Machine, open-source J2EE application servers, or any significant commercial J2EE application server.

Decentralizes development while centralizing management. iWay Service Manager provides a unique combination of distributed runtime environments, easy-to-use graphical tools, and centralized monitoring and policy management. This allows system experts to create the application services needed by the rest of the enterprise, while business process-oriented developers can create and modify services and processes they need to achieve business goals. Centralized policy management and monitoring helps operations and business process owners ensure that they're meeting service-level agreements.

Supports an incremental integration approach. To reduce the risk of failure, project managers usually must reduce risk by limiting project scope. Unlike many products that require a “big bang” approach, iWay Service Manager provides the ability to meet short-term goals quickly – but unlike other, less sophisticated tools, it can incrementally deliver enterprise-caliber infrastructure to manage real-world integration and application development requirements.

Draws on 30 years of experience with complex, heterogeneous systems. The thousands of  customers using iWay Software have provided the environments, business requirements, and scenarios that have driven product development from enterprise reporting to B2B integration to information management middleware. Few companies have Information Builders' experience with solving problems that involve diverse systems, complex environments, and difficult requirements.

Enables end-to-end business activity monitoring. iWay Service Manager also includes end-to-end monitoring of all key business activities that pass through it. This provides complete, unhindered visibility by allowing users to conduct in-depth analysis of core processes in real time. As a result, they can immediately identify and correct bottlenecks or inefficiencies. 

Enhances data quality and master data management. A powerful, fully integrated data quality engine provides powerful capabilities that optimize the completeness, accuracy, and consistency of information. Data can be profiled and analyzed, automatically cleansed based on pre-defined business rules, enriched with information from third-party sources, and merged and matched across multiple data sets. Additionally, iWay Service Manager provides flexible support for master data management strategies, enabling the creation of a single enterprise-wide system of record.

Fully automates deployment. With iWay integration applications, any project created in Service Manager can be automatically deployed, accelerating implementation and management, and enabling rapid deployment without extensive expertise. For example, users can easily build application archives - either from the Service Manager registry or using iWay integration tools - in the development environment, and then deploy them to a test and production environment. iWay integration applications can even be used to deploy projects to multiple servers. All deployments are easily managed via iWay integration tools, console, or script.

Facilitates real-time data replication. iWay's new real-time data replication extension enhances Service Manager with advanced data replication capabilities. iWay enables users to easily and efficiently execute virtually any type of data replication, from simple tasks such as copying source tables to target tables - even when the database types are not the same - to more complex actions such as performing manipulations as data is being transferred from one table to another, or cleansing and transforming information as it is moved between databases.

Supports SNMP. iWay Service Manager offers full support for Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). This significantly simplifies management and administration by allowing users to track all Service Manager activity within a managed network, using any popular third-party SNMP tool.

Enables high-volume document storage (iWay Archive). Large numbers of documents and files can be efficiently stored with iWay Service Manager's powerful archiving feature. Its MapReduce-style parallel processing capabilities, as well as its integration with Hadoop's Distributed File System, provide maximum scalability, improving both the speed and performance of archived record processing.

Provides MapReduce-style processing. The new iWay Parallel Service Manager has been created to deliver MapReduce-style functionality. This significantly accelerates the processing of sophisticated computations and other large or complex projects by breaking them up and distributing them across multiple technology assets.